Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs Toronto Argonauts Week 8 CFL Picks & Predictions 8/1/2019
Thursday, August 1, 2019
Matt Nichols and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (5-1, 1st in the Western Conference) travel to BMO Field on Thursday where they'll meet the Toronto Argonauts (0-6, 4th in the Eastern Conference). Toronto opens this game as 14.5 point underdogs. The total is set at 48.5.
The Blue Bombers have been a strong bet for wagerers, having gone 2-1 ATS. Toronto is covering 25.0% of the time, going 1-3 against the spread. The Blue Bombers have been a strong bet for wagerers as the favorite, going 1-0 ATS. Toronto is covering 33.3% of the time as the underdog, having gone 2-4 against the spread.
Valuable Winnipeg Blue Bombers Betting Trends
The Blue Bombers have been an excellent Over pick for O/U CFL bettors, having gone 3-0.
The Blue Bombers cover the spread 75.0% of the time as the visitor, having gone 3-1 ATS.
Important Toronto Argonauts Betting Trends
The Argonauts have been a hot and cold Over pick for O/U CFL bettors, having gone 1-1.
Key Winnipeg Blue Bombers Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key Toronto Argonauts Injuries
07/10/19 QB James Franklin Hamstring is out indefinitely
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers step onto the field holding a record of 5-1 for the 2019 season. They are ranked 1st in the Western Conference. They are one of top scoring teams in the league averaging 30.7 points per game, ranking them 1st in the West as well as 2nd in the league. As a unit, they have an average of 133.5 rushing yards per game which is 1st in the West, and they currently sit at 4th in the West for passing yards per contest with 241.8. For total yards, they currently sit at 3rd in the West and 3rd in the league with 2,252 yards, and yards per game of 375.3 ranking them 3rd in the West and 4th in the league. When it comes to getting in the endzone, the Bombers currently have a total of 14 passing touchdowns and 6 rushing TDs which is 2nd in the West. They are a team that has one of the most potent offenses in the West and they are capable of putting up big points on any given night.
The Bombers have one of the top tier defenses in the league allowing 17.2 points per game, ranking them 2nd in the West and 2nd in the league. In terms of rushing yards, Winnipeg is allowing 63 yards per contest ranking them 1st in the West and 1st in the league. Opposing teams are running for an average of 4.55 yards per rush ranking them 2nd in the West and 2nd in the league overall. In total, they have conceded 378 yards rushing through 6 games. When it comes to passing yards, the Bombers have conceded 1,458 yards over the course of 6 games. This comes out to an average of 243 yards per contest, ranking them 4th in the league and 4th in the West. Teams are completing 56.6% of the passes they throw against them and averaging 6.78 yards per try. They have conceded 4 passing touchdowns and 2 rushing TDs. In total, they are conceding 306 yards per contest ranking them 2nd in the West and 2nd overall. All of the above means that they will have to get creative to score enough points to win the game.
The Toronto Argonauts will be on the other side of the field and will be looking to put in a winning effort this coming week. The Argonauts come into this game with a record of 0-6 and they sit in 4th in the Eastern Conference. In terms of offensive proficiency, the Argonauts leave a lot to be desired in terms of scoring in the CFL. When looking at their ability to score points, the Argonauts are ranked 4th in the conference and 9th out of the nine teams in the CFL with an average of 12.5 points per contest. So far this season, the Argonauts have thrown for a total of 1,628 passing yards which breaks down to 271.3 passing yards per contest putting them 4th in the CFL and 2nd in the conference. Toronto needs to do more to make teams respect their running game by averaging 56.3 yards per game, putting them 9th in the CFL and 4th in the conference. As a team, they have a total of 338 rushing yards through 6 contests, so they are going to want to make some changes to the ground game if they want to make teams respect them. The Toronto Argonauts average 327.7 yards per game overall putting them 7th in the CFL and 3rd in the conference.
The Toronto Argonauts are giving up 35.7 points per contest ranking them 4th in the conference and 9th in the CFL. When talking about points given up, they have given up 214 points in total. When talking about rushing yards, they are giving up 139.7 yards per game ranking them 9th in the CFL and 4th in the conference. This season, they have given up 838 rushing yards and 7 rushing touchdowns. Their passing defense is one of the least effective units in the CFL. They are giving up 303.2 passing yards per contest and 1,819 total passing yards over the period of 6 contests. For passing yards allowed per game, the Argonauts are ranked 2nd in the conference and 7th in the CFL. They have conceded 12 passing TDs for 2019 putting them 8th out of the nine teams in the CFL and 4th in the conference.
Who will win tonight's Blue Bombers/Argonauts CFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Blue Bombers -14.5
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